A tragic story about a young, Seattle-based hip-hop artist named Freddy E has gained a great deal of attention over the past few days. On Saturday, after sending a series of cryptic and chilling Twitter messages, the well-known performer died of an alleged suicide from a gunshot wound to the head.
Freddy E, whose real name is Frederick Eugene Buhl, was only 22-years-old and, according to The Seattle Times, he was best known for his Internet show called “Jerk TV.” The series featured comical videos that often had a moral message — despite sometimes containing profane material.
Below, find the final clip that was posted to the young performer’s YouTube account just one day before his death:
In an emotional post published to Facebook on Sunday, Buhl’s father, Frederick Douglass Buhl, posted about his son’s untimely death. In the message, he confirmed the tragic event and described the pain Freddy E’s loved ones are currently experiencing.
“Our family is saddened beyond words; our loss is great; this tragedy is enormous and unforeseen,” the distraught father wrote. “Not only our family, but the world has lost a talented, sensitive, brilliant young man who lit up our existence with his.”
On Saturday, Jan. 5, Freddy E sent a plethora of Tweets from his personal account. While the latter messages before his death scream of dispair, notes sent earlier in the day seem to show him content and enjoying life. In fact, the artist spent a portion of the day describing partying for his birthday the night before and enjoying himself with friends and fans, alike.
In the mix, though, there are some fascinating tweets worth noting. In the morning, he wrote, “At times I feel too different for this planet.” Another message not long after read, “I’m the type to speak on how I feel. Whether I live to 115 or die at 22 I will never switch up for anyone.” And just a half hour later he tweeted, “The devil is hard at work, but my faith will never falter.”
Then, in between, there was a series of messages that seemed positive — at least until mid-afternoon when Freddy E wrote, “Annnd, my day is ruined.” From there, dispair was evident. Each message, building upon the tragedy and the anxiety of the one before it, shows a young man in deep trouble, as the hip hop performer inevitably shared his final thoughts before taking his own life.
Here are the horrific and chilling messages (the tweet at the top of the image is his final Tweet) that were sent, as Freddy E documented the last moments before his purported suicide:
Some have blamed a failed relationship as the motivation for his alleged suicide. However, Toronto-based rapper Honey Cocaine — the woman angry Twitter users have turned against — has spoken out against the notion that she was at the center of the young man’s personal agony. E! has a recap of the rapper’s response to her friend’s death:
“To say I caused what happened is ignorance.. You know nothing about our friendship or the story, hate me if you feel.. We loved eachother..We were homies. We had a bond and a connection. For people to attack me acting like I made him do it is a shame. Say it’s my fault, threaten me, whatever.. I knew him well enough to know he had other things happening.. I was there for him all the time.”
“If he was here, he’d wish for people to just respect him and who he was and what he did for all of us. He was a f–king King. I said some foolish things cause I thought he was joking, he does s–t like that to me all the time. This is crazy…”
Cocaine also described receiving a text message before his death that read, “I feel like everyone is out to get me. Is it true?” For now, the true motivations behind his death are yet to be determined — and they may never be.